Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore talks about Windows Phone 7′s missing features

Joshua at Engadget had the opportunity to chat with Microsoft’s VP Joe Belfiore about the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 and in particular about some of the features currently missing from the new OS (mainly Multi-tasking). There isn’t anything new to learn but it always good to see one of the company’s top head explain why things have been done in a certain way. We’ve known for a while that WP7 won’t have Copy/paste at launch, same for Third-Party apps multi-tasking support but Joe is right in saying that the iPhone has been successful without all of those features and WP7, as a first release, packs services and other features that aren’t available on competing platforms (Zune , XBOX Live, SharePoint, Office etc..).

The Problem for Microsoft is more of a PR and Marketing issue than a fundamental technical flaw or issue. Like I said earlier about today’s previews: the Windows Phone 7 preview handsets should only be compared to iPhones and android handsets that have no third-party apps installed (vanilla OS vs vanilla OS).  You’ll then realize that Microsoft’s platform has a lot to offer despite some of its shortcomings. As I’ve always said: Applications are the key to the platform’s success that’s why MS is working hard on evangelizing the OS all over the world. Personally the only feature that I will really miss (and that’s kind of a deal breaker) is the lack of tethering support (yes you heard that right..). We will see how things turn out on October 7th…Watch the 12 minutes long interview after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 Previews unleashed and thoughts

Microsoft’s US PR has done something really interesting: They’ve handed out Samsung Taylor development phones to several blogs/websites last week so they can do their own preview of Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately in true MS fashion it kinda backfired on them…Yeah you want to get maximum exposure but don’t  give exclusives to sites who always trash your product no matter the quality of said product (BGR,  Gartenberg?!, WTF? …).To balance that out you can also read more neutral reporting  at Engadget (<- good in-depth stuff ),  Cnet, PC Mag, Wired (only a 3mins video, what?), Zdnet (<–this one’s the best IMO) or go to the other side of the spectrum with a more MS “biased” preview from Paull Thurrott’s. All in all you won’t learn anything really new (but you should check them anyway to see how things look like) and my suggestion would be to download the Windows Phone 7 Beta SDK and play a bit with the unlocked Emulator, because everything (minus the marketplace/Zune) is available in there. Better yet, start developing applications! I’m not sure if this (giving away dev phones to big sites and blogs) was a good idea especially when developers have been busting their asses to develop apps and are still waiting for real handsets to continue work on their products. Thankfully I’ve hand the chance of seeing and playing with Windows Phone 7 devices several times  and I’m really confident about the future of the project if it’s executed on time (especially the updates). Right now, Windows Phone 7 devices should only be compared to Android / iPhone’s with ZERO third Party apps installed.

BulletAsylum Windows Phone 7 shooter game shown on video

Ready for some pretty awesome looking XNA action on Windows Phone 7?  Take a look at this new indie shooter game named BulletAsylum developed by UberGeeksGames which is expected to launch later this year on Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live arcade. It’s got a Geometry Wars Evolved look and seems to run perfectly smoothly in the emulator:

BulletAsylum is a new spin on the classic defend-the-city-from-meteors genre. Simply touch the screen on a WP7 device, or push the thumbstick on the Xbox 360 to create a literal fireworks show out of your enemies with an impenetrable wall of firepower. Instantly purchase new towers and cities without breaking up the action. Split your fire in two directions by touching the screen in two places or using the right thumbstick. Unleash the screen-clearing Overdrive when you’re in a tight spot.

Check out the video below:

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Motorola Droid 2 shots show up on teaser site

The Motorola Droid 2 shots above are apparently locled in the source code of the Droid Does teaer site. Nothing to really get excited about given that we have already seen the Motorola Droid 2 live several times in the past few weeks but this is a sign that the handset is proably on the verge of being launched. The latest rumors are pointing at an August 23rd retail launch with Android 2.2 on board.

Source: Droid Does via Engadget

The AT&T Samsung Captivate is available and shipping now

Following T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant launch on thursday comes the launch of the second carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S. Satrting today; AT&T  is officialy taking orders and shipping the Samsung Captivate. There’s isn’t much to say here, the prices are simila ot the Vibrant ($199 with a 2 year contractetc..) so if you are on AT&T and want the most powerfull smartphone on the market today’s you lucky day I guess.

Source: AT&T

Motorola Droid X update coming, handsets out-of-stock

Motorola tried to anticipate the success of its newly released flagship device but this didn’t seem to work quite well. The DroidX is currently out-of-stock in many retail store and on Verizon’s online store. Current orders have a ten days delay and things aren’t looking like it’s going to change any time soon. On the other hand those who are lucky to have one should be happy to know that a software update is about to be pushed OTA starting tomorrow. Check out the details of the 1.13.604.MB810.Verizon.en.US/Baseband: BP_C01.09.04P firmware below:

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